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Waleed Abu al-Khair

Saudi Arabia

L4L is organizing a letter-writing campaign for our colleague Waleed Abu al-Khair. Waleed Abu al-Khair is a prominent human rights lawyer and the head of the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. He also was the lawyer of blogger Raif Badawi, who is imprisoned as well.

On February 15, 2015, the Specialized Criminal Court of Appeal in Riyadh confirmed a sentence of fifteen years in prison, a travel ban of equal duration following imprisonment and a fine of SR 200.000,- (approximately EUR 47.000,-). The charges against him were “striving to overthrow the state and the authority of the King”, “criticising and insulting the judiciary”, “assembling international organisations against the Kingdom”, “creating and supervising an unlicensed organisation”, “contributing to the establishment of another” and “preparing and storing information that will affect public security”.

In an opinion adopted during a session held in September 2015, the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) requested the release of Waleed Abu al-Khair. For more information on Waleed and his situation, please click here

Help Waleed too and join in this campaign! Please download the example letters, them and send them via airmail to the address mentioned in the letters. If you have done so, can you please let us know via secr@lawyersforlawyers.nl?

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